The Buena Vista Colored School Historical Society was founded in May 2002 and is a
private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that seeks to preserve and restore Buena Vista's
Colored School and promote the history of African-Americans living in the Buena Vista,
Lexington and Rockbridge County area of Virginia. The Society is a membership
organization, open to all, and receives no continuing operating support from federal, state
or local governments but rather relies on membership fees, gifts and donations, and grants
from private foundations.
The Society is comprised of a group of concerned citizens, many who attended the
school, who have formed to restore and preserve the Buena Vista Colored School, that
was once a one room schoolhouse for African-American children in the city of Buena
Vista, Virginia. The School is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is
registered as a Virginia Historic Landmark.
The segregated school never had an official name. In school board minutes, the school
was always referred to as the "Colored School." In keeping with the accuracy of the
school's history, the majority of the membership voted to retain its original name.
We are extremely grateful to Mr. Francis Lynn, a retired Parry McClure school teacher,
who researched and documented the history of the Colored School and included this
history in his book "Fesser" McClure: The Life and Times of J. Parry McCluer.
The mission of the society is:
~ To protect and preserve the structural integrity of the school building and the land it is
on, not only because it is a part of Virginia's history but also because there are so few
one-room schools remaining in the United States today.
~ To secure funds to restore the school to its original condition and use it as an
educational museum to house relevant memorabilia such as books, papers, photographs,
and artifacts pertaining to the history of area African Americans.
P.O. Box 607 ~ Buena Vista, VA 24416
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January 30, 2011 - The Southern
Shenandoah Valley chapter of
Preservation Virginia awards BVCS
Historical Society the Ravenhorst
Award for its ongoing effort to seek
the preservation and reuse of the
Buena Vista Colored School.
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